Virtuoso mother board
Virtuoso backplane on which circuit boards are mounted
Backplane showing circuit boards in place
All connections are via reliable fiber optic cables
Virtuoso admin panel
The Virtuoso Line of Pipe Organ Control Systems
THE ORIGINAL Virtuoso pipe organ control system was the first fully integrated pipe organ control system to be introduced in the history of pipe organ control technology. That original system spawned our current line of systems. Virtuoso control systems are engineered from the ground up to take advantage of modern digital technology. As a result, Virtuosos are small and flexible, highly reliable, and extraordinarily easy to install, maintain and operate.
There are now three Virtuoso configurations: the original Virtuoso, Virtuoso Lite for smaller instruments, and Virtuoso Plus for particularly large or complex projects.
Compact. The Virtuoso takes advantage of the latest accomplishments in electronics miniaturization to ensure a minimal footprint within the organ console itself and in the organ chamber(s).
Reliable. Components are attached using modern automated surface mount and wave solder technology that is more secure and reliable than older “through hole” mounting or hand soldering. All-fiber-optic communications ensure the very highest reliability and complete shielding from lightning or other electromagnetic interference that can affect copper cabling. Every key contact is energized every time it is engaged, ensuring that contacts stay as pristine and reliable as the day they were installed. Organ control software and configuration settings are stored in highly reliable flash memory.
Easy to Install. The Virtuoso is much easier to install than traditional systems. All Virtuoso internal connections, including the fiber optic connections, are plug and play, so you can throw your soldering iron away. Virtuoso allows you to choose the external connection methodology that you prefer: Insulation Displacement Connectors, Krone connectors or wire-wrap and solder. The Distribution Panel design reduces wiring complexity. Virtuoso separates the wiring from the electronic components (drivers, etc.), thereby simplifying and accelerating both the initial installation and future maintenance.
Easy to Configure. Since all organ configuration within a Virtuoso is table-driven, no programming is required to configure an organ controlled by a Virtuoso. Configuration is simply a matter of completing a supplied spreadsheet. Installing a new or updated configuration is accomplished via a simple file transfer from a personal computer to a removable memory device. The Virtuoso configuration checker performs more than 400 operational tests to ensure a trouble-free installation.
Easy to Maintain. Because of the reliability engineered into Virtuosos, problems will be fewer and farther between than with older systems. Surface mount technology, plug and play modular components, modern software design ... all these mean fewer problems for you to worry about over the years.
Easy to Operate. The Virtuoso organ control system makes any organ as easy to play as it can be. A high-speed, high-capacity CPU and speed-of-light fiber optics all deliver a more responsive, full-featured instrument.The Virtuoso system supports an unlimited number of “users,” each with a virtually unlimited number of memory levels. For each organist the system provides four tutti, four crescendos, and an integrated piston sequencer. When formulating a crescendo registration, users can copy and paste from any other crescendo, and of course the organist may reveal any crescendo or tutti.
Universal Tuning Assistant
One Person, Working Alone, Can Tune An Entire Organ. Because you can control the console from the chambers there is no need for an assistant to press keys or change stops on the console.
Wireless Technology Eliminates Cables. The Tuning Assistant employs wireless technology, so you are not encumbered by cables from the chamber to the console or organ.
Compact Form Factor. The Tuning Assistant uses a small fob (like the remote control you use to open your garage door) to turn stops on and off and play notes.
Works with Many Control Systems. The Tuning Assistant is designed to operate with any organ that provides a MIDI External Sequencer Out and MIDI In port for the purposes of record and playback.
Self Training. After connecting the Tuning Assistant to the Sequencer Out port of an organ, turn the stops on and off one at a time. As you turn each stop on, the Tuning Assistant learns and remembers for future use how to turn the stops on and off and play notes. This is a one-time process.
The Tuning Assistant Holds Configurations of Many Organs Simultaneously. The Tuning Assistant can maintain in its memory the configurations of a number of organs simultaneously. Each organ, of course, may be controlled by a different control system.
Store Organ Configurations on a PC. The Tuning Assistant has a USB port through which you may upload and download organ configurations as required.
Pipe Organ Voice Emulator
- Supports full 32 note compass or extensions
- Every note of every voice is individually sampled and stored
- Tuned percussions: struck harp, bar and tubular chimes
- Administration panel enables voicing by the builder without need of external devices or support
- Up to eight audio channels; even and odd notes can be on separate channels
- Digital Signal Processing amplifiers providing custom audio compensation for speaker placement
- Proprietary speaker system designs providing near flat frequency response from 15Hz to beyond 20kHz.
- High power capacity (four 600-Watt channels per amplifier) providing realistic sonic energy
- May be configured for positive or negative keying
- APOBA electronic voice augmentation rules compliant